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Last Updated: Friday, 19 August 2005, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
Rooney ready for Grand Prix debut
By Sarah Holt

Martyn Rooney (left) in action for Britain in the 4x400m relay in Helsinki
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Britain's rising 400m star Martyn Rooney is out to impress when he makes his debut on the Grand Prix circuit in Sheffield on Sunday.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene in Britain's 4x400m relay team at the World Championships, finishing in an agonising fourth place.

Rooney told BBC Sport: "Since Helsinki I've been put into the main race and I just want to go out and run well.

"Gaining experience at Grand Prix level is another part of the learning curve."

Martyn is ranked as Britain's number six over 400m - an encouraging position considering he only chose to focus on that distance last season.

The Croydon Harrier justified his selection in Helsinki by setting a personal best of 44.8 seconds on his leg in the relay final.

And now Martyn has set his sights on making a name for himself in the individual event.

"I've run quick relay splits so I need to go out and reproduce that individually now," he said.

"I want to go out and break 46 seconds and be happy with that.

"This will be my first senior international meeting where I will be out there on my own and not as part of a team.

"It will be a great experience. I hope to see the men's 100m and I've never seen Kelly Holmes run live, so that'll be good.

"I'm just looking forward to being there and getting involved."

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